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Daytona Wednesday Notebook

Tony DiZinno’s Wednesday notebook from Daytona…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

***BAR1 Motorsports has another new driver confirmed for the Rolex 24 with Remo Ruscitti added to the No. 61 Prototype Challenge entry alongside Martin Plowman, Marc Drumwright, Ivo Breukers and Shelby Blackstock. The Canadian stayed in Florida after the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test and after a last-minute call, adjusted his flight schedule to remain in Florida for the race itself.

***Marc Basseng, Matteo Beretta, Darryl O’Young, Connor De Phillippi and Niki Mayr-Melnhof will share the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT America. De Phillippi is also listed in the sister No. 19 with Daytona veteran Jim Michaelian, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge drivers Michael Lira and Ricardo Flores, and a fifth driver to be determined.

***The only team remaining yet to confirm its full lineup is now TRG-AMR, for its No. 009 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Derek DeBoer and Max Riddle are the only two drivers listed thus far.

***AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari F458 Italia did not have a shakedown after its accident at the Roar, so Thursday’s running will mark its first time on track since the Roar for the car co-driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo.

***Defending Rolex 24 and Prototype series champions Action Express Racing took the wraps off its newly re-liveried No. 5 Corvette DP, now featuring Mustang Sampling primary sponsorship. Mustang Sampling provides products and services for the liquid and gas industry throughout the world. The Whelen Engineering-backed No. 31 car was also revealed, but retains its livery as it had with Marsh Racing in 2014.

***Magnus Racing has confirmed its usual 24-hour live, insightful and often irreverent webcast will return for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The webcast is presented by the Children’s Tumor Foundation and will be streamed from the Magnus Racing pit stall. CTF has another Magnus tie-in as well, as names of the “NF Heroes” appear on the rear of the team’s No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America.

***Dempsey Racing’s No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America from 2014 was re-liveried as a black interpretation of Wright Motorsports’ No. 58 Brumos Racing-attired car and rolled out on Tuesday. The team’s primary chassis, the Wright chassis from 2014, will run in the standard Brumos white as previously announced.

***A memorial service for John and Peggy Bishop took place Wednesday afternoon. IMSA founder John died last June; Peggy died in August 2013.

***The annual all-car pre-Rolex 24 at Daytona photo shoot took place Wednesday morning on the pit lane, a slightly different location than last year’s on the run out of the oval Turn 4 and on the infield for pit in.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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